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This stylist's before and after selfie about beauty standards has gone super viral
Neither of them were edited, but they look so different.

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URSULA GOFF IS an American hair stylist who loves experimenting with different hair colours on both clients and herself.

This month, she shared a before and after selfie to Facebook and it’s absolutely exploded.

Both photos were unedited and taken just a few days apart

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The reason she shared it was a simple reminder that selfies uploaded to social media can look a lot different even without filters:

So I didn’t edit either one of these photos, but they were taken just a few days apart. I think it’s important to note that lighting, angles, facial expression, and make-up make a huge difference in photography and presentation (especially in my case!).

And since she uploaded it, it’s been shared over 16,000 times:

Social media can make it easy to feel like everyone else is awesome and perfect all the time, but that’s really never true. We should keep in mind that behind every pretty face or perfect lifestyle is a regular person, and that there’s really no point in comparing amongst ourselves because this is all cultivated.

It’s a message that’s been said before, but Ursula’s selfie proved it better than words.

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The attention her post has received has come as a shock to her, but she finished it off with this message:

Part of the solution, I think, is more people opting to take a moment here and there to be real and show what’s behind the smoke and mirrors, because it’s relevant for y’all to know that this isn’t reality. In reality, nothing is perfect, life is messy, and people are flawed.

Well put.

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